Certificate for Module (Climate Competence) (CEF) - HKU SPACE: General & Environmental Sciences courses
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Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)
證書(單元 : 氣候應對力)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

New Course
Jointly Organized by
Carbon Care Asia Limited
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Start Date
03 Mar 2021 (Wed)
12 weeks
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Deadline on 03 Feb 2021 (Wed)

Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)
– essence of climate strategy, carbon accounting and management

The Climate Competence programme familiarizes participants with physical implications of climate change and links them to the policy and technical debates on climate action. Sessions will examine top-level climate action related to the Paris Climate Agreement, and explore the resulting responsibilities that climate action brings for governments, companies and individuals.

The programme will set out options related to energy generation, more efficient use of energy, along with the ways in which adaptation measures can create a safe, healthy and resilient city. Participants in this programme will emerge with the tools to engage at policy level and in practical terms with the risks and opportunities that stem from climate change.

Syllabus :

1. An overview of the climate crisis (the science of climeate change)
  • Climate Change overview: the dangers we face
  • The effect of business as usual
  • Climate Change and Hong Kong: Risks and opportunities
  • IPCC reports and projections
  • The impact of 1.5°, 2° and 3.2°
2. The economics of climate change. Risk and opportunities
  • The growth opportunity of the 21st century;
  • Drivers of change
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Smart businesses
  • Who goes first: the existential tragedy of the commons? 
3. The politics of climate change.
  • The UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement
  • Agenda 2030
  • The economic and social impact of climate action
  • Popular action: Fossil fuel divestment; Extinction Rebellion, School strikes
4. Climate Change and social development - synergies and trade-offs:
  • Common but differentiated responsibilities and fair shares
  • Climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • A Just Transition
  • Doughnut Economics
5. Climate response I. The role of governments and the  UN
  • Obligations under the Paris Agreement
  • Cities and regions: Roles and responsibilities for climate change
  • Effective policy options on climate
6. Climate response II. The role of business and finance
  • The leaders – doing well and doing good
  • Risks and stranded and damaged assets
  • Business and climate organizations and their agendas
  • Reporting systems and standards
  • Green finance     
  • The importance of governance within business
7. Climate response III. The individual and the community - wellbeing and lifestyle 
  • Ten things an individual can do for the climate
  • Climate denial and climate distraction
  • Levers for individual change: education, regulation and price signals
  • Personal self-reflection on the path to ‘making a difference’
  • Climate depression and climate therapy
8. Climate mitigation I: Energy generation
  • Energy production – generating electricity
  • Fossils, renewables and nuclear power
  • Renewable options and debates
9. Climate mitigation II: Efficiencies and technologies
  • Energy consumption – better lives with less energy and waste
  • Buildings, transport, waste, water, manufacturing, agriculture
  • Technologies: carbon capture, geoengineering
  • Aviation and shipping
10. Climate Adaptation – building a safe and healthy future in the face of climate change
  • Adaptation and resilience basics
  • What are the risks in Hong Kong
  • Loss and damage and liability
  • Climate change and public health
  • Climate insurance
11. Sustainable cities
  • The sustainability challenge for cities
  • City-level initiatives and case studies
  • Town planning: housing and transport; production and consumption-based carbon footprints
  • Climate change and public health
12. Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong’s performance on climate change and the Paris Agreement
  • The city’s targets and the city’s responsibilities
  • Going forward: Opportunities and risks going forward
  • Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road
13. Sustainability reporting: measures and standards
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting principles
  • Monitoring and verification.
  • Reporting and measurement standards: GRI, SASBI, CDP, Science Based Targets etc.
On completion of the programme, students will be able to
  1. Evaluate the impact of the climate crisis on society, health and the economy;
  2. Identify the key international agreements driving sustainability issues;
  3. Evaulate the actions taken by business and financial sectors on climate change;
  4. Present the options on energy generation and energy efficiency;
  5. Apply policy and technical options for climate action on buildings, transport, waste and production;
  6. present the measurements and standards governing climate action.


Students are required to complete and pass all the assessments, including essays and presentation.


To be eligible for the award of the Certificate for Module (Climate Competence), students are required to achieve 70% attendance of the programme and pass all the assessments.


Ir Albert Lai

Ir Albert Lai is the co-founder and CEO of Carbon Care Asia, a mission-driven sustainability consultancy dedicated to the transition to a low-carbon economy.  

Ir Lai was the founding chair of the Professional Commons and the Hong Kong People's Council for Sustainable Development. He is a Director and past Chair of the Conservancy Association, the first non-government environmental group established in Hong Kong in 1968. He led the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002, and was also co-leader of the Hong Kong NGO delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Bali (2007) and Copenhagen (2009) and led the HK NGO delegation to the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December 2015. Albert was a Stakeholder Council member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) responsible for the development of international sustainability reporting guidelines. He also served for many years on the judging panel for the ACCA HK Sustainability Reporting Award. 


Mr John Sayer

Mr John Sayer is the Director of Carbon Care Asia. He has a background in sustainability, human development, climate change advocacy, organizational management and governance policy. He was the Executive Director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre working on information technology, labour rights and workplace health and safety before joining Oxfam Hong Kong in 1991 as Program Director and then Executive Director. 


In 2001 Mr Sayer moved to Oxford to take up the post of Executive Director of Oxfam International for an interim period. In 2003 he became Director of Africa Now, a development agency working on market-based solutions and business development services as well as promotion of ethical supply chains among international companies doing business in Africa. He has served on the Board of the UK Ethical Trading Initiative helping major corporations develop socially responsible supply chains. He also participated in the advisory body to the UN Global Compact on corporate conduct. He was a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Stakeholder Council and a member of the Council’s Capital Markets Discussion Group from 2016 to 2019.


Since joining Carbon Care Asia in 2014 Mr Sayer has worked on green finance standards, green building standards, ESG reporting and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate reporting.


Mr Chong Chan Yau

Mr Chong Chan Yau is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CarbonCare InnoLab and a member of the Board of Directors of CarbonCare Asia. Mr Chong is a graduate from the University of Hong Kong in 1981. He obtained a Master's degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1985.

Mr Chong served in the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer. He also served as an Executive Director of Oxfam Hong Kong and a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam International. He then joined the University of Hong Kong as the Director of Student Development for its Centre for Development and Resources for Students. He is active in promoting civil society in Hong Kong. He is the President of the Hong Kong Blind Union. He has also been a member of the Education and Publicity Subcommittee of the Council for Sustainable Development, which is an advisory committee to the Hong Kong SAR Government on sustainability issues.

Mr Chong has received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1991 and the MBE honour in 1995 for his outstanding service to the Hong Kong community. In 2012, he has been awarded one of the "Leaders of 2011" by the Sing Tao Publishing Co Ltd and an Honorary Fellow by the University of Hong Kong.


Mr Ringo Mak

Mr Ringo Mak is the Programme Advisor of CarbonCare InnoLab, an independent community NGO dedicated to expanding the circle of people active on climate change innovation, education and action, with a strong focus on youth and students. 

Mr Mak is also the Co-Founder and Director of APAC SEP Ltd., a social innovation company that focuses on supporting social startup as well as the Co-Founder of 350HK, the local chapter of global climate movement 350.org.

Mr Mak is currently the Chairman of TOYPA TRUST (The Outstanding Young Persons' Association); Executive Committee Member of Design Council of Hong Kong, and Golden Age Foundation; Advisory Member of Hong Kong Design Institute; Director of Leap Community. He advises on a number of social enterprises such as: Urban Spring, Food Grace, Maker Bay.


Ir Dr Shelley Zhou

Ir Dr Shelley Zhou is the Expert Advisor at Carbon Care Asia. As a dedicated sustainability professional, she has over 15 years’ experience in corporate sustainability, environmental and carbon management consultancy, new energy and biotechnology in Hong Kong, China and Singapore. From 2016 to 2019, she was Chief Executive of the University of Edinburgh Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation responsible for driving innovation business development and research projects in Hong Kong. Prior to this, she helped establish the sustainability function of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and has been in charge of delivering the Club’s strategic sustainability performance and reporting for seven years.

Ir Dr Zhou holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She is a Certified Carbon Audit Professional (CAP), a LEED Green Associate, a BEAM Professional and a member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the HKUST.


Ir Dr Zhou actively engages with non-governmental organizations and professional associations. She is currently a Director of the Hong Kong Association of Energy Engineers (HKAEE) and a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE) Environmental Division. Previously, she was the President of the Association of Energy Engineers (Hong Kong Chapter), a co-opt member of the Hong Kong Green Building Council Public Education, and a core member of the Hong Kong delegation to COP13 held by the UNFCCC in Bali in 2007. 


Ms Chloe Mok

Ms Chloe Mok is the Director of Sustainability Strategy at Carbon Care Asia. She specializes in business advisory on sustainability strategies and reporting, sustainability learning, carbon innovations and sustainable finance.  She has solid experience in both business and social sectors locally and in mainland China. She served in the multinational company Amway in corporate social responsibility programmes, non-profit making organization Friends of the Earth (HK) on environmental protection projects and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) on stakeholder engagement.

Ms Mok is a GRI certified sustainability professional and has been leading over 100 sustainability projects for a variety of listed companies, ranging from leading industrial conglomerates and property developers, garment enterprises to global logistics service providers and medical equipment manufacturers.  


Ms Xing Lan

Ms Xing Lan is the Associate Director (Sustainable Finance) in Carbon Care Asia Ltd). With more than eight years of working experience in both the private and public sectors as a sustainability practitioner, she conducts quantitative analysis and quantitative simulation for sustainable solutions as well as financial analysis of green technologies. She has provided various carbon management, ESG reporting, and other sustainability consultancy services to leading conglomerates, property developers, garment, logistics and industrial manufacturers in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.


Ms Lan holds a master’s degree in Environmental Measurement and Assessment from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and dual-bachelor degrees of Environmental Engineering & Finance from the Sichuan University in China.


Dr Lindsay Mai

Dr Lindsay Mai is the Senior Sustainability Consultant at Carbon Care Asia. She has a decade of professional experiences in sustainability research and practices. In recent years, she has been providing consultancy advisory to enhance the sustainability performance of over 30 companies listed in Hong Kong and Singapore across multiple industries. She also works with research partners to produce sustainability insights studies such as examining the ESG potentials in the real estate sector in Asia.

Prior to joining Carbon Care Asia, Dr Mai coordinated various policy research projects on urban sustainability and climate actions, which cover practices in the green building sector. Lindsay holds a PhD in Public Policy specialised in environmental governance, and has published a range of journal articles and books on mitigating climate change and sustainability governance.


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Applicants shall hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution.

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$7,500
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
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Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)
證書 (單元 : 氣候應對力)
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Certificate for Module (Climate Competence)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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